Below you can find our speakers categorized by theme and subtheme. The titles and abstracts of the talks are provided. Their websites are linked in case you would like to read more about one of the speakers. All keynote talks take place in room 163.
Subtheme: Language Disorders: Developmental
Title keynote talk: The efficacy of treatment for children with developmental language disorders
Abstract: My talk will focus on key questions and outcomes in research on efficacy of treatment for speech and language disorders in relation to theories of language acquisition and language processing.
Subtheme: Language Disorders: Acquired
Title keynote talk: The neural and computational bases of conceptual knowledge and its breakdown in neurological disorders.
Abstract: Conceptual knowledge or semantic memory is central to verbal and nonverbal activities. Utilising a convergent methodological approach across healthy and neurological participants it is possible to begin to understand how concepts are formed and represented in the brain, and how concepts breakdown in different forms of neurological disease.
Subtheme: Memory & Learning: Neurocognition
Title keynote talk: Implicit learning, language acquisition, and their meeting point
Abstract: I have argued that implicit learning, which produces knowledge that is inaccessible to awareness, plays an important role in acquiring patterns in language across the lifespan. Drawing upon EEG/ERP evidence, I will demonstrate that linguistic rules or patterns (1) can be processed outside of awareness; (2) can be acquired by adult second language learners unintentionally and implicitly; and (3) can be influenced and enhanced by memory processing during sleep.
Subtheme: Memory & Learning: Animal and Computational Models
Title keynote talk: The linguistic abilities of birds
Abstract: Songbirds have relatively complex, well structured, learned vocalizations and therefore birdsong is seen as one of the closest animal analogues for language. I am interested in whether this superficial similarity extends to a similarity in cognitive skills of birds, in particular with respect to the processing of phonetic and syntactic features. In my presentation I will present some studies on speech sound perception and ‘grammatical’ rule learning abilities in birds.